By Kerrin Brinkman | January 7 2012 08:08

A young YHEC participant aims his gun during the Shotgun Event We’ve got another report and photos from Susan Hill, our Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Program Coordinator. Susan has been hard at work this year helping groups in the Midwest start local YHEC events as part of the NRA YHEC Mid-America Expansion Project, sponsored by Midway USA.

Many states in the Midwest saw first time YHEC events being held, including Missouri. Here are Susan’s report and photos from an event in Warrensburg.

Our September 24 YHEC event was held at the University of Central Missouri Shooting Range in Warrensburg, Missouri. It was attended by 10 participants from the Johnson County Shooting Sports Club, led by Jeannie McClymond.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has helped develop the range, which is staffed by University employee Mike Busekrus. Mike made sure the range was in full operation with the assistance of graduate student Darren Doherty.

The Old Drum 1374 Detachment Marine Corps League from Warrensburg provided seven volunteers to help run the Shotgun Event. Other events held included Archery, Hunter Safety Trail, and Wildlife Identification.

Mike is planning a Spring Outdoor Youth Camp to be held at the range and will include YHEC as part of the camp.

Over a million young people across the country have been introduced to YHEC since the program's inception in 1985, and kids in your area can be next! For more information on the YHEC program or to start a YHEC in your area, visit or contact our Hunter Services Department at  

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